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  • September 23 - 24, 2022


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Ages 18+
Engineer’s Seat
Fireman’s Seat
Jump Seat

The Strasburg Rail Road is providing an in-cab opportunity that is an immersive, hands-on experience like few others. Choose from the hand-on-the-throttle Engineer’s seat, the Fireman’s seat, or the Jump seat to create the memory of a lifetime!

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Agnes, the survival of No. 89 through the floodwaters, and her arrival at Strasburg that year, we are celebrating by offering additional unique “at the throttle” experiences with No. 89 in September!

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The Engineer’s Seat

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to sit in the engineer’s seat and pull open the throttle and feel the power of a steam locomotive at your fingertips? This 30-minute experience puts you in control of the rails of America’s oldest operating railroad. You’ll receive an orientation to the controls and then you’ll be off, taking direction from a certified steam locomotive engineer.

Price: $500

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid Driver’s License.

The Fireman’s Seat

You might think that firing a steam locomotive is nothing more than shoveling coal, but there is so much more to it than that. Reading the fire, anticipating the demand for steam and the amount of water needed to make up for what is being used are all skills that take time for a good fireman to develop. This rare 30-minute experience provides the opportunity to serve as a locomotive fireman and will give you a glimpse of what it takes to keep the pressure up. After a short orientation, you will get to follow the instructions of an experienced steam locomotive fireman to see if you have what it takes!

Price: $350

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

The Jump Seat

In the heyday of steam railroading, every locomotive cab had an extra seat for the head-end brakeman to ride. We’re offering you the chance to take a ride along as part of our exclusive in-cab experiences. Enjoy 30 minutes in the cab and experience the sounds and smells of the engine while the art of steam locomotive operation unfolds before your eyes!

Price: $150

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

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Locomotive No. 89 ran on the Canadian National Railway for most of her life before being sold to the Green Mountain Railroad in New Hampshire. After just a few years on the Green Mountain RR, the locomotive was sold to the Strasburg Rail Road in late Spring 1972. The harrowing experience battling Hurricane Agnes’ floodwaters during her journey to Strasburg is chronicled in Images of Rail: Strasburg Rail Road. Today, No. 89 is still an active locomotive at Strasburg and is often the locomotive of choice to pull smaller train consists.

Year Built: 1910

Maker: Canadian Locomotive Works (Kingston, ON)

Wheel Configuration: 2-6-0

Weight: 141,800 lbs.

Arrived at Strasburg: July 1972

Important Information

  • With the completion of your purchase, you will receive an email containing vital check-in information for your experience. Please look for that email, read it, and keep the information handy.
  • All in-cab participants must be 18 years of age or older. Those at the Engineer’s Seat must provide a valid Driver’s License for admittance.
  • Participants must arrive no less than 30 minutes and no more than 45 minutes before the scheduled experience.